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MO cattle farmers - discover warm season grass benefits

MO cattle farmers - discover warm season grass benefits


By Blake Jackson

Attention Missouri cattle farmers! Learn about the benefits of warm-season grasses at a free farm tour on June 17th in Barry County.

The tour highlights three successful operations: Gene Cowherd and Rex & Jaron Myers (Purdy, MO) showcase their high-yielding native warm-season grass hayfields dominated by big bluestem and Indiangrass. These grasses offer heat and drought tolerance, perfect summer forage when cool-season pastures decline.

Mike and Janan Meier (Monett, MO) contribute their experience using improved crabgrass varieties for both grazing and hay production in their beef operation.

Tour participants will learn:

  • Converting to warm-season grasses
  • Management practices for established fields
  • Nutrient needs
  • Reduced endophyte exposure (fungus harmful to livestock)
  • Improved summer grazing and hay production

Bonus: Enjoy a complimentary meal courtesy of the MU and Missouri Department of Conservation Native Grass Group.

Don't miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights from successful farmers and MU Extension experts! Space may be limited, so register soon. For details and registration, visit https://extension.missouri.edu/events/warm-season-grass-farm-tour

Photo Credit: gettyimages-r-j-seymour

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